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Checking Cows

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018

Checking Cows After moving eight miles from town and down the road from my in-laws, I wondered at my father-in-law’s compulsion to drive through his cattle every single day, sometimes twice. My husband did the same. We drove through the steers he fed out on leased grass most every day until the fall when they were taken to the sale barn. Watching the herd graze under an endless blue sky from our new front porch was enjoyable, but nothing special. It’s not like you could actually pet a cow or form a bond like you can with other kinds of pets. On occasion, my father-in-law included my sons in his craziness by stopping on his four-wheeler and taking them along. They eagerly watched for him at the end of the drive, absolute joy sparkling in their eyes as they waved to me from the seat beside him. One morning I observed the task of ‘checking the cows’ in a whole new light. My mother-in-law was admitted for a heart procedure. While my husband and his family gathered at the hospital, the checking of the cattle fell to me and my oldest son. It was early spring and our instructions were simple; count the pairs of momma cows and calves, making certain no one was...

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Taz & The Big Flappy Thing

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018

Rescue Animal Series Book #5 – Easy Reader Ages 8-10 Available Soon eBook and Print formats!   A rescued, registered Hackney learns about flags and realizes that big flappy things can be harmless. Based on actual events, this super smart rescue horse trains for the Veteran’s Day Parade. The flag is not scary any more, but what about the crowded streets, a marching band, strange animals called mules, tap-dancers, and those horrible floaty things? It’s enough to make a well-behaved horse go bonkers! Read about Taz as he navigates the Veteran’s Day parade route through downtown Amarillo, Texas. Beginning vocabulary for emerging readers at 3rd/4th grade level, ages 8-10. Includes Fun Fact sections about Veteran’s Day and the United States flag. In collaboration with Stephanie Nelson Tuey, owner/trainer. Layout, formatting and book cover design by 40 pages, color photo illustrations Print ISBN 978-0-998810133 eBook ISBN 978-0-998810126 Taz’s Story Taz was a county Sheriff’s Department rescue, taken in by Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue. Stephanie agreed to foster him, and remembers him being a handful. Coming from a group of seven rescues, Taz was in the worst shape. Young, barely broke and starved, he needed a home with someone who understood him and had the time and patience it would take to work with...

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Flash The Story of Me

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018

FLASH: The Story of Me Available March 2018 Book # 6, Rescue Animal Series Easy Reader Ages 8-10 eBook and Print formats What would you do if your family moved away and left you behind? If you were a horse, could you learn to trust again? What would you do if strange noises were everywhere, but you had to stand perfectly still? If you were a horse, could you do it? Based on the true story about a registered...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

My mother-in-law cooked simple, comfort food with home-grown vegetables and sweet iced tea. More often then not, every meal included the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. She fixed stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals so the men and boys could get back to the farm and cattle work. One of the dishes she excelled at, and my husband’s all time favorite, was her apple pie. Made from scratch crust and juicy apple slices drenched in cinnamon and sugar, this pie...

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